Jack Thompson has decided to take matters into his own hands again and has told Paul Eibeler, the CEO of Take-Two Interactive, that he must take all copies of Grand Theft Auto, The Warriors, and Manhunt off the shelves by 5:00 pm today. If the company does not do so, Thompson plans to “proceed to secure appropriate remedies against” Take-Two. Thompson’s letter stated:
“Your company has made and distributed the most popular violent video game series of all time: the Grand Theft Auto games. In these GTA games, beating innocent people to death with baseball bats is a featured entertainment activity. Your company has also distributed Manhunt which features the same kind of virtual reality baseball bat beatings. This game is so sociopathic that it has been banned from certain countries. Additionally, your company, during this past holiday buying season, launched the incredibly brutal “brawler” game called The Warriors, which also features death by baseball balt. The Warriors is based upon the 1979 movie of the same name that was yanked, in effect, by Paramount Pictures because of all the copycat violence it was spawning.
You also know, Mr. Eibeler, that huge numbers of academic, scientific, and medical studies prove that violent video games like this, when, played by teens, lead to specific acts to teen violence. There are no studies that rebut these findings. You also know that your company has designed and marketed the aforementioned violent games for sale to minors. Your company even went so far as to embed explicit sex scenes in the GTA: San Andreas game which criminal deception resulted in a vote of 355-21 by the US House of Representatives to condemn your company’s acts. That also garnered you the “Worst American CEO of 2005 Award” by Wedia Watch.”
Cleary, many studies rebut the findings of studies that show video games promote violence. Thompson is, again, probably just issuing another empty threat, but we will keep you posted.